Garland T. Stephens

Biography

Garland Stephens
Garland T. Stephens is a Patent Litigation partner in Weil’s Houston office. He is an experienced patent trial lawyer who focuses on high-technology matters in the electronics and computer industries. His experience includes many cases involving well-known computer, consumer electronics, and software products, including products of Microsoft, Intel and Yahoo!

Mr. Stephens received his law degree from the University of Missouri Law School, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, and a BS in Mathematics from the University of Chicago. After graduating from law school he served as a judicial clerk to Chief Judge William H. Billings of the Missouri Supreme Court.

Mr. Stephens has been recognized by Chambers USA as a “Leading Lawyer” in the field of Intellectual Property in 2011-2013.

Key Representations:

  • Intel v. Negotiated Data Solutions (E.D. Tex.)
    Mr. Stephens represented Intel in this matter and obtained summary judgment in favor of Intel. Negotiated Data accused Intel USB and High Definition Audio products of infringing four patents. Mr. Stephens also argued the appeal (currently pending) for Intel.
  • Vigilos v. Intel (N.D. Cal.)
    Mr. Stephens represented Intel in this case involving health care monitoring systems. The case was dismissed without prejudice after transfer from the Eastern District of Texas.
  • U.S. Ethernet Innovations v. Acer, et al. (N.D. Cal.) Mr. Stephens currently represents Intel in this matter involving Ethernet technology. After successfully moving to transfer the case from the Eastern District of Texas, Mr. Stephens has taken the lead role in two claim construction hearings involving most of the computer industry in the United States.
  • Mr. Stephens tried a case to a favorable verdict for the defendant, a leading computer and smartphone company, in the Eastern District of Texas. The plaintiff accused many of the client’s products of infringing two patents relating to playlist navigation.
  • Mr. Stephens represented a leading computer and smartphone company in a matter in the Eastern District of Texas in which the plaintiff accused the client’s products of infringing two patents relating to handheld web surfing. The case settled after the Patent Office rejected the claims of the plaintiff’s patents in reexamination.
  • Mr. Stephens obtained favorable claim construction ruling for a leading computer and smartphone company in a matter in the Eastern District of Texas, and the case settled shortly thereafter. The plaintiff accused the client’s products of infringing two patents relating to playlists.
  • Visto v. Microsoft
    Mr. Stephens represented Microsoft in this matter. Visto accused Microsoft’s mobile email applications of infringing several patents. The case settled shortly before trial.

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